For The Love Of Freedom
By: William P. Frasca
The Fourth of July, the nativity of our independence, the precious beginnings of our emancipation, must be reverently preserved and celebrated as a day of complete human liberation and reflection, which is The United States of America.
Our armed forces together with our civilian defenders must always be acknowledged. These American heroes unselfishly defended and protected us in the past and present, throughout the world. They left their families, went fearlessly into battle, suffered disabilities, some gave the ultimate sacrifice or were blessed by God and came home safe, sound and unharmed.
We must always recognize all our beloved forefathers that had the strength, courage and insight to envision a dream and molded it into a glorious reality. Their courageous foresight and vision was to establish an independent Nation and to live free from tyranny and abuse.
These brilliant architects had the ability, strength and fortitude to unselfishly risk their own lives, the lives of their families, together with the possibility of losing everything for the sake of remaining free. These sacrifices did actually happen to some of the patriots. Our first American heroes were willing to fight for their freedoms and Inalienable God Given Rights, as individuals, united in one cause. They truly believed in Patrick Henry’s quote, “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”
There were so many great men and women that intelligently and physically initiated, fought and died in creating the birth of this great nation, in which we must be forever grateful. I couldn’t possibly name all of them in this article. Let’s start at the beginning with the most fascinating piece of literature that marked the primary stages of our Independence, “The Declaration of Independence”. These words marked the point of no return, and immediately stressed, to the world, our independence from Great Britain.
Fifty-six individuals from each of the original 13 colonies participated in the Second Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. Some of these names are unfortunately unknown patriots that were lost in our American history.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were:
Connecticut: Samuel Huntington, Roger Sherman, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott.
Delaware, George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean.
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.
Maryland: Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, Thomas Stone, William Paca.
Massachusetts: John Adams, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
New Jersey: Abraham Clark, John Hart, Francis Hopkinson, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon.
New York: Lewis Morris, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, William Floyd.
North Carolina: William Hooper, John Penn, Joseph Hewes.
Pennsylvania: George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, John Morton, Benjamin Rush, George Ross, James Smith, James Wilson, George Taylor.
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery.
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, Thomas Lynch, Jr., Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Virginia: Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Happy Birthday America, May God Please Bless You Forever!